Chardonnay, ‘Ma Belle Fille’, Peter Michael
At the highest elevation on the estate Ma Belle-Fille is an extension of the same slope as La Carrière, sharing its southeastern exposure and lean soils. Situated above the ceiling of the summer morning fog, it receives more sun than lower vineyards. This causes the fruit to mature earlier than the rest of our estate. Ma Belle-Fille also shares La Carrière’s core of lean citrus flavors and vivid minerality, but with layers of baked apple and nectarine rounding out its profile. The name translates to “My Daughter In-Law” in honor of Emily Michael, Paul Michael’s wife and the mother of the youngest generation.
100% naturally fermented using native yeasts
100% barrel fermented in French oak from
Barrel aged sur lies 11 months with weekly bâtonnage
Bottled unfined and unfiltered
Spectacular and intense, Ma Belle-Fille boasts aromas of ripe peach, white rose, tangerine blossom, pastry elements such as Napoleon cake, golden apple and nectarine, accented with oyster shell minerality, brioche. Elegant in the mouth, rich and concentrated, the wine displays flavors of William pear, honey, greengage dried almond, mangosteen, dry chamomile, orange rind and notes of baked Reinette apple. In the mouth, the wine is tactile and gourmand with extreme purity. Layered and seductive, the finish is very long. The wine will age gracefully for more than a decade.
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